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Which Marine Band Radio?


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Now that the Forum helped me buy Sonar/GPS I turn to getting a marine band radio for my soon to arrive boat. The last one I bought, 10 + years ago, was manual (no scan), not portable, not waterproof, used a tall mast (12 feet?).
I primarily use this on Lake Michigan or other large lakes, but other uses as well.
What do I need to know to zero in on the best units in 2004?

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Look for one that has 1,000 of power or more. You will need that power in big open air waves.

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None of them have 1,000 watts of power, you would key the thing up and cook your brain. I would guess they are all well under 30watts. It would be like a microwave.

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I believe most radios that mount in a boat are 25watts and the hand helds are 5watts. But what is a good radio I can't help you with that.

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I bought a uniden president last year and I really like it.It has all the features I need and is water proof and compact.It is 25 watt.Just do a search under marine radios and do some comparing.A good antenna is a must,stay away from the short whips.Handhelds might be convienient but have limited range.Hope this helps.

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